Surprise as Alvaro Morata hands in transfer request to Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has continued to struggle with long bouts of staggering display in front of goal since joining Chelsea from Real Madrid last season.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has had to rely on other players in his squad to drive the ball into the net this term.

Chelsea are fourth on the Premier League log, dropping from third position when they lost against Tottenham last month.

Mundo Deportivo is peddling claims that Morata is offering himself as a replacement for the aging Luis Suárez in Barcelona.

Suárez turns 32 in January, and that has the Catalonian club worried that his performance may plummet next term.

Barcelona are seeking after a long term replacement for Suárez and Morata wants to take the job.

Given the history between Real Madrid players turning into Barcelona players, it is unlikely the deal will pull through, to avoid fierce agitations between fans.

Suárez still has keen eyes for goal and his tally of 10 goals and six assists in 19 appearances for Barcelona this term could brake efforts to land another attacker in January.

A smarter move would be to sign a possible alternative to relieve Suárez a bit, and shoulder some of his responsibilities, until the stress lines are evident on his face.